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Fly By Wire (Jammer Davis Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Ward Larsen
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With its revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, the C-500 had become the freight airframe of choice. Until a routine delivery goes horribly wrong.Falling like a stone from six miles up, a brand new C-500 crashes in central France, killing two pilots aboard. When French officials take over this highly public investigation, they call in the best there is: they call Frank Jammer Davis.A retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Davis is part of the NTSB's go-team. With a reputation for getting things done-and for steamrolling anyone who gets in his way-Davis starts to dig.But just as Davis starts his investigation, news of the crash is overshadowed by a more spectacular disaster: suicide bombers attack oil refineries worldwide, sending governments and financial markets into a tailspin.A relentless Davis keeps investigating, but uncovering the cause of the crash, and its terrifying connection to this worldwide disaster, reveals a conspiracy of unthinkable proportions-a conspiracy he might not be able to stop.Jammer Davis won't stop until he gets answers-or until somebody stops him from getting answers.

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From Publishers Weekly

A serviceable hero and plot propel this largely workmanlike thriller from Larsen (Stealing Trinity). Tough, uncompromising National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jammer Davis attempts to uncover the cause of a mysterious crash of the brand new CargoAir C-500, a flying-wing cargo plane operating under fly-by-wire technology. Meanwhile, a series of terrorist suicide attacks threatens oil facilities around the world. Jammer, aided by his semi–love interest, CIA agent Anna Sorensen, will stop at nothing as he bulls his way through bureaucratic obstruction, inept and corrupt officials, hired killers, and problems at home with his teenage daughter, Jenny. Eventually, he gets on the trail of a far larger plot involving a cabal of international businessmen out for economic gain. Larsen ties up all his loose ends nicely, and a nail-biter conclusion finally heats up the action.
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From Booklist

A new cargo plane crashes in France, and the National Transportation Safety Board sends Jammer Davis to investigate in Larsen’s latest thriller. Davis’ superiors want easy answers, and the easiest answer of all is “pilot error.” The plane has a sophisticated fly-by-wire design; if the crash was due to manufacturing, the economic cost of all the cargo shipments screeching to a halt would be catastrophic. Jammer has his doubts, however, and his investigation reveals a shocking conspiracy that has ties to a rash of terrorist bombings at oil refineries. Larsen is fast becoming a thriller writer to watch. He clearly knows his subject matter and has a knack for writing about technology without it getting in the way of the story or the characters. Fans of the aviation thrillers of John Nance and of Michael Crichton’s Airframe (1996) will find much to enjoy here. --Jeff Ayers

Product Details

  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 2 edition (September 6, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046XRKJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,598 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Macho attitudes in 21st Century October 17, 2010
Format:Hardcover
An unusual and fresh plot device blends world finance, international espionage, religious zealotry and cutting edge aviation technology in a fine and mostly fast-paced thriller. It is clear that the author knows intimately the setting of his story, aviation accident investigation. A new design, a flying wing cargo plane, has crashed in France and a former Air Force pilot, now working as an accident investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board is sent to the crash site as liaison. His name is Jammer Davis and he's something of a hot-shot loose cannon. Think the macho pilots in the movie "Top Gun," and you get the idea.
Davis's life is complicated by the presence of his teen-aged daughter--and her dating difficulties--Davis is a widower. It's a nice touch and while Davis is in France struggling to figure out a series of odd circumstances around the place crash, his daughter occasionally calls him on his cell, disturbing and altering the rhythm of the plot. The story line is also interrupted from time to time by the machinations of the evil cabal behind the plot which serves to ramp up the tension. The author is careful to dole out intriguing information in tantalizing dollops which maintains reader interest.
That's a good thing, because there are several sections of fairly technical information which are necessary to explain the plot, but occasionally are too long for my taste. The major flaw in the novel is the somewhat old fashioned macho attitude expressed by the narrative in several places. There is at times a sense we are living once again in a simpler time when there was a perception that men and especially women had their defined roles with lines to be crossed at considerable personal risk.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very thrilling and informative story August 31, 2010
Format:Hardcover
The author was a former combat pilot who flew military aircraft and worked on accident investigations. So he knows his subject. So sit back and get ready to enjoy a very thrilling and informative story that will keep you interested until the final page.

A very new cargo plane, the C-500, is on a course across the Atlantic headed for Houston International Airport in the U.S. Unfortunately, the plane develops trouble and dives like a stone from six miles up and crashes in France, killing the two pilots aboard. There are at least one hundred of these planes in service around the world so the folks in charge want to get to the bottom of this tragedy as soon as possible. They call in Frank "Jammer" Davis, who is a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and part of the NTSB's first response team. Davis has the knack of insulting everyone in his path but, knows how to get answers and starts to dig into this accident to see what, either mechanical or not, caused it.

When Davis starts his investigation, the news of the crash is cancelled out by some other unusual and elaborate disasters: Terrorists are attacking oil refineries across the world and sending governments and stock markets into a spin. Davis keeps on working persistently and is finally able to find out the cause of the crash and the relationship between the crash and the attacks. It seems that there is a conspiracy at work that is enormous and Davis might not be able to stop it.

This book is a good read and will be understood better by people that know about planes and can understand the horrible conclusion of the plane's demise. I really enjoyed the author's previous books: The Perfect Assassin and Stealing Trinity, but, had a bit of a hard time with this one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good suspenseful read October 8, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ward Larsen spins an interesting tale of intrigue. There is plenty of technical detail ala Tom Clancy without over doing it. The suspense continues throughout the story and takes a very interesting twist as the story concludes. Again I think it a good read. I have added Ward Larsen to my list of preferred authors and I think many others will too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting thriller that will prove hard to put down October 7, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Technology has become the greatest weapon in warfare, but technology has no morals - it cares not who it serves. "Fly by Wire" tells the story of a conspiracy surrounding the C-500 aircraft. Frank Davis is sent to investigate a crash of this new technology, and finds that this failure of technology has darker meanings, and the truth is much more than some simply faulty technology. "Fly by Wire" is an exciting thriller that will prove hard to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exhilarating conspiracy thriller September 10, 2010
Format:Hardcover
The crash in France of the fly by wire technological Cargo Air C-500 stuns everyone. The most advanced freight carrier apparently plunged straight down from six miles up in the sky; the pilots died. With a fleet of over a hundred planes of this type, the French government wants the best investigation possible so they bring in the top gun, American National Transportation Safety Board accident investigator Frank "Jammer" Davis whose reputation is strict adherence to standard operating procedures especially when conducting an inquiry.

As he digs into the disaster, suicide bombers attack oil facilities around the globe; dramatically disrupting the flow and devastating the already shaken markets. In spite of corruption and bureaucratic blindness, Jammer begins to find the cause of the crash, but soon also links the failure to the terrorist incidents. He and girlfriend CIA agent Anna Sorensen try to uncover who is behind the effort to cause a Depression.

Tying the questionable recent moral behavior of the finance industry to the odious behavior of suicide bombers, Ward Larsen provides an exhilarating conspiracy thriller. The crash investigation is superb as Jammer provides the reader insight into how a plane disaster is analyzed while the action really heats up when the case spins into pure avaricious capitalism with the market correcting opponents and competitors. Although Jammer's issues back home with his teen daughter feels supercilious to make the hero seem human, that detracts from an entertaining thriller.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly exciting. Had a twist in plot at a ...
Mildly exciting. Had a twist in plot at a few places that made it interesting.
Published 1 day ago by Little Jimmy Two Balls
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great book
I have found a story that really gripped me. Not predictable and moved quickly. I will definitely look for another one of these.
Published 4 days ago by W. H. Gatcomb
3.0 out of 5 stars New idea
Good idea with new idea terrorist attack
Published 5 days ago by PW
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me feel like I was in the story
Well written story. Wanted the story to keep going when I got to the end. Made me feel like I was in the story.
Published 6 days ago by Karen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for reading on a plane ;)
Entertaining book. Makes the investigation of plane crashes a little more real.
Published 7 days ago by TeamK
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kept my interest.
Published 13 days ago by Howard L. Johnson, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and similar to Clancy and Cussler.
I am a Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler fan so having read everything those two have written made me look for a similar writing style. I found it in this Jammer Davis thriller series. Read more
Published 15 days ago by 2005GoldWing
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
cannot delete it.
Published 16 days ago by Dorothy K. Haas
5.0 out of 5 stars but pretty good reading
not quit a Clive Cussler Dirt Pit novel, but pretty good reading, kept my interest.
Published 20 days ago by karl soderstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Well written and it keep my interest from beginning to end.
Most all technical aspects of the book are pretty accurate
Published 21 days ago by Jerry Hendrickson
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More About the Author

Bestselling author Ward Larsen is a two-time winner of the Florida Book Award. His first thriller, The Perfect Assassin, is currently being adapted into a major motion picture by Amber Entertainment. He has also been nominated for the Macavity Award. A former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Larsen flew twenty-two missions in Operation Desert Storm. He has served as a federal law enforcement officer, airline captain, and is a trained aircraft accident investigator.

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